Inspecting Paratroopers Troops.
Very shrunken film with vinegar syndrome.
June 19, 2012
This footage was found among a few cans of 16mm film in Pittsburgh, PA basement in 2011. They were being offered for sale with some old projectors and slides, and were profoundly affected by vinegar syndrome and in very poor condition. On the bottom of one can was a label for "Col. Lloyd S. Spooner" with an Oregon address. A quick internet search and viewing of the footage revealed that they likely belonged to Lloyd Spencer Spooner.
An on-line entry on Spooner states: "In 1920, First Lieutenant Lloyd Spooner of the U.S. Army’s 47th Infantry competed in 12 events at the Antwerp Olympic Games – an absolute record for the most events participated in at one Olympics. As above, he won seven medals in these events, which also stood as a record until the 1980 Olympics when the USSR’s Aleksandr Dityatin won eight gymnastics medals. It remains an American record, tied in 1972 by Mark Spitz. Spooner was a career army officer who was promoted to captain in 1924."
The footage in this reel includes shots of Rear Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India; George Marshall, Army Chief of Staff during WWII and chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and Lieutenant-General Frederick Browning, "father of the British airborne forces." Also present are Anthony Eden, British Foreign Secretary (later the Prime Minister), and General Maxwell Taylor.
The film shows the signs of heavy deterioration due to vinegar syndrome. This was the last shot at getting this material transferred so it could be shared on archive.org. Thanks to Skip Elsheimer at A/V Geeks for making it possible!
Research is still needed on dates, persons, and locations in this footage. Please contact Chad Hunter with any information you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org.